James Dean by David Dalton
The Mutant King: A Biography

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This is the book that restarted the James Dean cult by celebrating him as the cool, defiant visionary of pop culture who made adolescence seem heroic instead of awkward and who defined the style of rock ’n’ roll’s politics of delinquency. The only book to fully show how deliberately and carefully Dean crafted his own image and performances, and the product of still unequalled research, vivid writing, intimate photographs, and profound meditation, James Dean: The Mutant King has become almost as legendary as its subject.

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David Dalton is a founding editor of Rolling Stone, recipient of the Columbia School of Journalism Award, and winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Best Rock Book of the Year award for Faithfull. He has written twelve books, including biographies of James Dean, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Sid Vicious and the Rolling Stones. He is the screenwriter for an upcoming Janis Joplin biopic.
Published September 1, 2001 by Chicago Review Press. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Dean as an Aquarian standing on the brink of the Age of Aquarius sets the mood for this silly biography of his life and great Hollywood death — a la Valentino and Monroe in the folklore — which the author suggests was ordained, maybe actually written in the stars (there's an extensive...

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Two bios (see also Herndon below), two too many of the Hollywood changeling who died in 1955 at the too-young age of 24, written by a couple of authors who don't see the nub for the nimbus and as a result fail to make the detour to the more interesting story of the collective nervous breakdown of...

Sep 20 1974 | Read Full Review of James Dean: The Mutant King: ...

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